Instructor Certification

Instructor Certification


For three generations, the primary mission of the Gracie Family has been to make the invaluable benefits of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu available to people everywhere. To accomplish this, we created the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program (ICP), through which dedicated practitioners from around the world will have the opportunity and resources to become remarkable instructors and join us in preserving and perpetuating the gentle art.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a relatively young martial art which, until now, lacked structure. In almost all jiu-jitsu schools, techniques are presented in complete randomness, frustrating and confusing the students.  In addition, rather than establishing standardized promotion guidelines, most instructors issue belt promotions based on wavering impulses, leaving the students feeling discouraged and demoralized.  Realizing that there could be no growth without structure, we spent several years organizing all the techniques into an official white-to-black belt curriculum. For the first time ever, students are learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with the same reliable structure and meticulous planning that one would expect from an institution of higher education. With a clearly defined curriculum and standardized qualification requirements for each belt level, students are embarking on the path towards Gracie Jiu-Jitsu mastery with more dedication and greater enthusiasm than ever before.

In our quest to make the newly renovated curriculum available around the globe, nothing was more important than making sure that the learning experience at all Certified Training Centers mirrored that of the Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, CA, and this is what led to the development of the Instructor Certification Program. Through this rigorous and highly-comprehensive program, prospective instructors are introduced to the teaching methodologies and training programs that have been developed and refined for three generations. Upon successful completion of the ICP, participants are capable of teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in accordance with the high standards established by Grand Master Helio Gracie and maintained by Gracie University.  Through the ICP, we are finally able to systematically create high-quality instructors without compromising the integrity of the art.

In the past, an individual could not participate in the ICP unless he/she was already an instructor at an established school of martial arts. Since the launch of the Gracie University Online Learning Center, however, we realized that there are thousands of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu students around the world who have the character, desire, dedication and detailed-oriented nature to become amazing instructors even though they may have never taught a martial arts class in their life. As a result, we have decided to open the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program to all dedicated practitioners of the art who meet the four basic qualification requirements, so that those who have the passion can help us spread the word. The final goal is to turn dedicated students into amazing instructors so that they can make Gracie Jiu-Jitsu available in their communities with the proven system and the full support of Gracie University Headquarters.

Technique Preservation

You must be committed to the preservation of the techniques and teaching methods in accordance with the exacting standards of Gracie University. Above all, you must understand the importance of teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu first and foremost as a system of self-defense.

Gracie Combatives Mastery

There are four levels of certification at which an instructor can be recognized, but all instructors begin at Level 1. At this level, they are authorized to teach the Gracie Combatives curriculum. Since you cannot teach that which you do not know, in order to be considered for participation in the ICP, not only must you complete the Gracie Combatives course, but you must achieve a score of 95 or better on the test (in comparison to a minimum passing grade of 90 for regular students). The Gracie Combatives course can be completed at home (via the online course or DVD program) or at a Certified Training Center. Regardless of where you learn the material, all ICP prospects must submit the Gracie Combatives test via video upload so that we may keep a permanent record of your video test. If you do not pass with a score of 95 or better the first time, you are only allowed to retest one time. If you fail to meet the 95 minimum score a second time, you will not be allowed to apply for the ICP. If you have already been belted in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by another organization, you will be allowed to keep your current rank, but in order to be considered for the ICP you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Gracie Combatives techniques by passing the Gracie Combatives test with a minimum score of 95.

Gracie Bullyproof Familiarity

Upon successfully completing the Gracie University Instructor Certification Program, you will also be authorized to teach the official kids’ Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program, Gracie Bullyproof. To ensure you are prepared for the Gracie Bullyproof portion of the ICP, you must own and be very familiar with the Gracie Bullyproof program (on DVD or online). Please do not inquire to participate in the Instructor Certification Program until you have scored a 95 on your Gracie Cobmatives test AND are fully familiar with the Gracie Bullyproof curriculum. This requirement applies to all instructor candidates, even those select few who choose not to teach the Gracie Bullyproof program upon ICP completion.

For More Information on the Instructor Certification Process Inquire With the Head Instructor